The Oscars and the Bechdel Test

February 15, 2012

It’s been a few years since I’ve checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if there’s been any substantial improvement in women’s representations on the big screen.  In this updated video, I go through the 2011 […]

Tropes vs. Women: #6 The Straw Feminist

September 23, 2011

This is the last of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Straw Feminist trope is a deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.  This was […]

Tropes vs. Women: #5 The Mystical Pregnancy

July 28, 2011

This is the fifth of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Mystical Pregnancy is a trope writers use to create drama and terror by invading, violating and exploiting women’s reproductive capabilities.  Often these female […]

Tropes vs. Women: #4 The Evil Demon Seductress

May 19, 2011

This is the fourth of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Evil Demon Seductress is a supernatural creature usually a demon, alien, robot, vampire etc. who is most often disguised as a sexy human […]

Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle

April 21, 2011

This is the third of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Smurfette Principle was named two decades ago by Katha Pollitt, when she noticed that there were a disproportionate amount of male characters in […]

Tropes vs. Women: #2 Women in Refrigerators

April 7, 2011

This is the second of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine.  Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. Women in Refrigerators is a trope identified by comic book fan (and now comic book writer) Gail Simone because she was sick of seeing “superheroines […]

Tropes vs. Women: #1 The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

March 24, 2011

This is the first of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine.  Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a cute, bubbly, young (usually white) woman who has recently entered the life of our brooding hero to […]

Top 5 Problems with Glee: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Season 2 Premiere

September 23, 2010

Tuesday night’s season premiere of Glee may have been one of the most offensive hours of television I’ve watched in a long time. It seemed like every minute or two they would make another sexist, racist or homophobic joke. I was afraid Glee was going in a bad direction after the first few episodes of […]

Caprica and the ‘Queerness’ of Sam Adama

March 1, 2010

In the new SyFy show Caprica we are introduced to a queer character, Sam Adama. Here is the good and the bad of his queer representation. Check out other great blogs and commentary: Be sure to check out InfoMania’s That’s Gay “Homo-Cidal Maniacs” for more examples of this trope. “Ron Moore wants to include more […]

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